Creamy Rice Pudding

Creamy Rice pudding

What do you do when you have leftover rice?  We eat a lot of rice and most of the time, we do not have any left over.  When we do it can be used in so many ways.  If there is only a little, I may eat it with a little warm milk and cinnamon with a sprinkle of sugar for breakfast (a dish my kids loved when they were little).  If there is a lot more, which happens every now and then, and I don’t want to make it into fried rice or add it to a soup, then I make Creamy Rice pudding.  There are so many different ways to make rice pudding.  I have a lot of different recipes, but this one is simple, quick and very creamy.  The taste can change with just a few simple ingredients.  I might add some chocolate to the pudding or after it is cooked, add a sprinkling of fresh berries, but most of the time, I just sprinkle it with cinnamon sugar.  This is just a simple comfort food I remember from my childhood.  So next time you want something simple and delicious, don’t grab the box, make it from scratch.  It won’t take you any longer than the box, but will taste so much better. This makes a very large bowl.  If you have a smaller family or just yourself, the recipe can be cut in half and also this will keep in the refrigerator for about a week, so you can have a little every day.

2 cups cold, leftover rice

1 1/2 cup sugar

4 tablespoons cornstarch

1/2 tsp. salt

4 cups milk

6 egg yolks, beaten

4 tablespoons butter

2 tsp. vanilla

Cinnamon sugar, berries, nuts, whatever you want to sprinkle on the top.

Place sugar, salt, milk and cornstarch in a saucepan.  On medium heat, stir till mixture begins to boil.  Let boil 2-3 minutes.  Remove from heat and place about 1/2 cup of the hot mixture into the yolks to temper them.  Mix well.  Pour egg yolk mixture and rice into the hot pudding mixture in the saucepan and place back on stove and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat and add vanilla and butter.  Stir until butter is melted and vanilla is mixed in.  Pour into a bowl and allow to cool.  Then place in refrigerator and chill for a couple of hours.  Sprinkle with whatever you choose and enjoy.

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